Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/7/12
SAN ANTONIO -- Tim Duncan had 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 114-92 win over the Houston Rockets Friday night at the AT&T center. San Antonio, fifth in the league in scoring, was hot from the floor all game, shooting 55 percent on 48 of 87 for the night. The Spurs had five players in double figures, led by Tony Parker with 17 points. Tiago Splitter added 15, Gary Neal, Manu Ginobili and Nando De Colo each had 12 as San Antonio moved to 16-4. They are the first team in the NBA with 16 wins. All 13 Spurs players scored in the game and San Antonio had a season-high 33 team assists. The Rockets offensively could not get in rhythm. Jeremy Lin's layup with 7:27 in the third period cut the lead to eight at 66-58. But San Antonio busted out on 19-2 run that pushed the lead up to 25 when Splitter made a reverse layup with 2:33. James Harden had 29 points on 10 of 16 shooting to lead the Rockets, but he did not score in the fourth quarter. Harden broke out of his recent struggles (13 of 51 in his past three games), scoring 20 first-half points. But the rest of the Rockets were a combined 11-for-38 in the first half. In Harden's last appearance in San Antonio, he nailed a crucial 3-pointer in Game 5 of the Western Conference playoffs as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, a pivotal playoff win. He could not duplicate that fete on Friday. The Rockets, who are third in the league in scoring, were hounded by the Spurs defense all night shooting 37-for-95 (39 percent). Patrick Patterson and Toney Douglas both had 10 as Houston lost its sixth straight road game and fell to 9-9. San Antonio took a 57-45 lead at halftime while shooting 52 percent from the field (24 of 46). Parker led the way with 17 points on 7 of 9 shooting. Notes: San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich and Houston Rocket coach Kelvin Sampson have a long history together. Sampson spent three months with the Spurs coaching staff after leaving the head coaching position at Indiana University in 2008 amid allegations of NCAA violations. Two days after his resignation, Popovich called Sampson and invited him to join his staff as a consultant. "I did it because I respect his basketball knowledge. He knows how to get the best out of people and he's a competitive son of (expletive)," Popovich said. ... After sitting out the Milwaukee game on Wednesday with a sore left hamstring, Danny Green suited up and was back in the starting lineup for the Spurs. ... A moment of silence was held before the game in memory of head coach Kevin McHale's daughter, Sasha, who recently passed away. The Rockets will wear a green and purple band on their jerseys in her memory.
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